Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

17 APRIL 2011 | KHOST, AFGHANISTAN
 
Shaikh Zayed University is located in the city of Khost in eastern Afghanistan.  Officially opened in 2008, the school has nine faculties and more than 3,000 students.  It is the only university in Afghanistan with a faculty in computer science.  Its journalism faculty operates a private radio station, and its medical students train at the government-run Khost Hospital.
 
17 APRIL 2011 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
17 APRIL 2011 | DUBAI, UAE
 
Afghanistan shared its sweetest treasures in cuisine and drink with thousands of international participants who attended the world’s largest annual trade show for the hospitality, food, and beverage industries.  Gulfood 2011 in Dubai featured 3,800 exhibitors, 81 international pavilions, and 55,000 buyers from 152 countries.
16 APRIL 2011 | BADGHIS PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
In 2009, tribal conflict between Pashtun and non-Pashtun communities in Muqur District of Badghis Province escalated to violence with loss of life on both sides.  USAID worked in collaboration with the Afghan government to engage both communities in constructive improvements to reinforce the reconciliation efforts launched by the district governor and strengthened the foundation of stability in the district.
 
16 APRIL 2011 | PARWAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Many people in Afghanistan live in remote areas without access to local markets for off-season fresh fruit and vegetables.  USAID has established three greenhouse facilities in the province of Parwan in central Afghanistan to help provide homemakers with food security and a steady income.
4 APRIL 2011 | MAZAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Home to some of the sweetest and juiciest varieties of pomegranates, grapes, and apricots, Afghanistan is promoting its natural riches to the world through trade shows in lucrative markets abroad.  Not only is it winning over international customers with its high-quality produce, Afghanistan is also grabbing top honors for its presentation.
4 APRIL 2011 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Women living in villages of Nangarhar Province have had limited access to justice systems, and minimal, if any, involvement in public decision-making processes.  However, this is beginning to change as a result of a range of elders networks that encourage male and female elders to discuss and improve local systems for alternative dispute resolution.
28 MARCH 2011 | KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Most Afghan farmers feed untreated straw to their livestock.  Because they cannot extract enough energy from the straw, this causes the animals to lose weight.  With Afghan women feeding their household every day, Dr. Zubeida Popal has an eager audience when she provides training to boost the nutritional value of fodder and increase livestock productivity during the winter months.

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Last updated: January 07, 2014